Biography of Tamerlane


Tamerlane, Timur, or Timour. Surnamed "The Great," an Asian conqueror. Was born at Kesh in Independent Tartary, 1336. After subjecting to his arms Khorasan, Armenia, and the greater part of Persia, Tamerlane defeated the Bashkirs, took Bagdad and Damascus, subjugated Georgia, and advanced into Russia as far as Moscow. In 1398 Tamerlane invaded India, where he defeated the army of the Grand Mogul near Delhi. After gaining in 1402 a decisive battle in Angora over the Ottoman Turks, commanded by their sultan Bajazet, Tamerlane died in 1405 on his march towards China, which country he next intended to invade.